Pinterest hires early Apple designer Susan Kare

Pinterest has hired designer Susan Kare, the graphic artist famously behind many of Apple’s early fonts and icons, including those on the original Macintosh. At Pinterest, Kare will be serving as a product design lead, where the company says she’ll likely end up working on products like buyable pins, guided search, and app pins. Her first day was Monday, so Pinterest says there are “no specific projects to share yet.” But broadly speaking, she’ll be helping to refine Pinterest’s primary interfaces for discovering and saving content.

It’s a smart hire for Pinterest. For one, Kare has deep roots in Silicon Valley’s design world: she created icons, like the lasso and paint bucket, that are still around today, albeit in modern forms; her…

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Gaming Deals: Rare Replay + $10 Gift Card, B1G1 50% Off 3DS games, $379 PS4

Preorder Rare Replay (coming out this Tuesday, August 4) from the Microsoft Store and get a free $10 Xbox gift card. Alternatively, Amazon Prime members can preorder it for $26, and Best Buy’s Gamers Club Unlocked members can get it for $24.

Steam has a weekend promotion on Steam OS games, but you don’t need to be running Valve’s Linux-based operating system to take advantage. All of the featured games run on Steam OS, but also have Windows (and in many cases Mac) versions, too. Deals include Ark: Survival Evolved’s early access version for $24, the Metro Redux bundle for $10, Cities: Skylines for $20, Civilization V: Complete Edition for $12.49, and Mark of the Ninja for $7.49.

Buy two select Xbox One or PS4 games at Best Buy and save $45. Each game costs $60, but it still means getting the pair for $75 (or $60 if you have Gamers Club Unlocked). The included games are The Elder Scrolls Online, Mortal Kombat X, Dragon Age: Inquisition, Battlefield Hardline, Lego Jurassic World, Borderlands: The Handsome Collection, and Evolve.

Best Buy also has a buy one, get one 50 percent off sale on select 3DS games today (July 31) only. There are more than 20 games included, among them Super Smash Bros., Xenoblade Chronicles 3D, The Legend of Zelda: A Link Between Worlds, and Ultimate NES Remix. Most of the games are regular price (in the $30-$40 range), but GCU members‘ discount applies before the sale, bringing the price of two $40 games down to $44.

Amazon’s semi-secret discounts for Prime members currently include $50 preorders for Super Mario Maker and Call of Duty: Black Ops III (Xbox One/PS4), and $53 preorders for Halo 5: Guardians and Fallout 4 (Xbox One/PS4). Alternatively, all four games are $48 each with Best Buy’s GCU discount.

Below you’ll find the rest of today’s best deals divided by platform.

PlayStation 4

The Destiny Taken King limited edition PS4 bundle is now available for preorder for $400.

Get the Last of Us Remastered PS4 bundle with a free copy of Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris, three months of PlayStation Plus, and a Turtle Beach Ear Force P4c headset for $400 at eBay.

Groupon has the Last of Us Remastered PS4 bundle for $379.

Buying a PS4 at Best Buy this week allows you to save $5 on a 12-month PlayStation Plus subscription. You can also save $50 off a Disney Infinity Marvel starter kit.

Buy a used PS4 at GameStop, and get a free used game priced under $30.

A one-year PlayStation Plus membership is $40 at Rakuten (but with $4 shipping).

The PlayStation Store has a new Summer Sale going on for the next two weeks. Plus and non-Plus members have access, with Plus members getting larger discounts, such as Far Cry 4 for $30, Trine 2 for $4, and Roundabout for $6. PSN also has its weekly Plus-only deals, including The Escapists for $14 and Shadow of Mordor: Game of the Year Edition for $40.

Preorder Sword Art Online: Lost Song on the PlayStation Store and get a free copy of Sword Art Online: Re Hollow Fragment.

If you own a digital PS3 copy of Dishonored (including the freebie PlayStation Plus version from earlier this year), you can preorder the digital PS4 version of Dishonored: Definitive Edition for $20.

Other PS4 game deals:

  • Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward — $30 (Amazon) / $30 (Best Buy)
  • Batman: Arkham Knight — $50 (Amazon) / $52 (Costco)
  • The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt — $50 (Amazon)
  • Mortal Kombat X — $50 (Amazon) / $50 (Walmart)
  • Dying Light — $30 (GameStop) / $30 (Walmart)
  • Destiny — $20 (Best Buy)
  • Project Cars — $40 (Amazon) / $40 (Best Buy)
  • Guilty Gear Xrd Sign — $39 (Amazon)
  • Devil May Cry: Definitive Edition — $29 (Amazon)
  • The Elder Scrolls Online: Tamriel Unlimited — $40 (Amazon)
  • Driveclub — $26 (Walmart)
  • MLB 15: The Show — $36 (Amazon) / $40 (Best Buy) / $40 (GameStop)
  • Dead or Alive 5: Last Round — $30 (Amazon)
  • Resident Evil: Revelations 2 — $28 (Amazon)
  • Far Cry 4 — $20 (Best Buy) / $20 (Target)
  • The Order: 1886 — $29.49 (Amazon)
  • Final Fantasy Type-0 HD — $35 (Amazon)
  • LittleBigPlanet 3 — $40 (Amazon)
  • Final Fantasy XIV — $29 (Amazon)
  • Evolve — $26.49 (Amazon) / $30 (GameStop)
  • Grand Theft Auto V — $50 (Amazon)
  • Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare — $32 (Amazon) / $32 (Walmart)
  • Dragon Age: Inquisition — $30 (Amazon)
  • Alien: Isolation — $22 (Amazon)
  • The Crew — $20 (Amazon)
  • WWE 2K15 — $30 (Amazon) / $30 (GameStop) / $30 (Target)
  • EA Sports UFC — $23 (Amazon)
  • Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor — $30 (Amazon)
  • Infamous: Second Son — $30 (Amazon)
  • Watch Dogs — $16 (Amazon)
  • Assassin’s Creed: Unity — $22 (Amazon)
  • Killzone: Shadow Fall — $25 (Amazon)
  • The Last of Us Remastered — $14.44 (Amazon)
  • The Evil Within — $20 (Amazon)
  • Disney Infinity 2.0 Toy Box Starter Pack — $28 (Amazon)
  • Disney Infinity 2.0 Marvel Super Heroes Starter Pack — $33 (Amazon)

The free PlayStation Plus games for July are still available and include Rocket League and Styx: Master of Shadows. August’s free games were announced this week.

Xbox One

Walmart is selling the Halo Master Chief Collection Xbox One bundle with a free second controller for $349. You also get a free copy of Minecraft, Titanfall, NBA Live 14, or Rabbids Invasion, or you can pay a bit more to replace it with Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition ($20), Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare ($20), Evolve ($20), Battlefield Hardline ($30), or Batman: Arkham Knight ($30).

A similar deal is available, with the Halo bundle, an extra controller, and a copy of Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag, at Amazon for $349.

Get a free 12-month subscription to Xbox Live Gold and a copy of Assassin’s Creed: Unity with the purchase of an Xbox One at the Microsoft Store (500 GB/1 TB). This is in addition to the bundled copy of Halo: The Master Chief Collection.

A new Xbox One bundle to be aware of includes the 1 TB system, Madden NFL 16, and a one-year subscription to EA Access for $400. You will, however, have to wait until August 18 for it to be available.

Buy a used Xbox One at GameStop, and get a free used game priced under $30.

Buy an Xbox One at Best Buy and save $20 on an Xbox One controller and $10 on three months of Xbox Live Gold.

You can buy a year of Xbox Live Gold on eBay for $36.

If you own a digital Xbox 360 copy of Dishonored, you can preorder the digital Xbox One version of Dishonored: Definitive Edition for $20. If you’re logged into an account that owns the 360 version, Definitive Edition should show up as the discounted price.

This week’s Deals With Gold are on and include sales on Warframe and Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag DLC.

Other Xbox One game deals:

July’s free Games With Gold games are still available and include Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag and So Many Me. August’s free games have been announced and will be available starting tomorrow, Saturday, August 1.

PC

GameStop has a summer sale on digital PC games, offering Titanfall’s Deluxe Edition for $5, Typing of the Dead: Overkill for $5, Civilization: Beyond Earth for $20, and more.

GOG has a big selection of strategy games on sale this weekend, including Total Annihilation: Commander Pack for $1.79, Men of War: Vietnam for $3, Star Wolves for $1.79, and more.

The latest Humble Bundle is the fourth “Jumbo” bundle. For just a few bucks, you can get games like Mercenary Kings, Endless Space, The Stanley Parable, and Outland, while paying $18 or more gets you everything, including early access to Space Engineers. New games were recently added, including Screencheat and Coin Crypt.

The newest Humble Weekly Bundle features games from Japan like Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth, Supercharged Robot Vulkaiser, and Neo Aquarium: The King of Crustaceans.

Buy select Nvidia GPUs (or Nvidia-equipped laptops) and get a free copy of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.

If you have a free Green Man Gaming account, you can access the VIP area of the site where you can find some nice deals, including Dark Souls II: Scholar of the First Sin for $23 and Project Cars for $35.

You can save 20 percent at Green Man Gaming using the voucher GMGSAV-E20GMG-SAVE20.

Zuma’s Revenge is free on Origin.

Other PC game deals:

Wii U

If you don’t mind a refurbished system, Nintendo’s online store has a Wii U bundle with Nintendo Land for $200, or Nintendo Land and Super Mario 3D World for $225.

The eShop has a Ubisoft game sale going on, discounting Child of Light to $3.75, Rayman Legends to $20, Splinter Cell: Blacklist to $15, and more. The ongoing indie sale, meanwhile, is set to end on July 23.

  • Mario Party 10 — $47 (Amazon)
  • The Legend of Zelda: Wind Waker HD — $38 (Amazon) / $38 (Walmart)
  • Wii Fit U + Fit Meter + Balance Board — $25 (Nintendo Store)
  • Bayonetta 2 — $45 (GameStop)
  • Captain Toad: Treasure Tracker — $32 (Amazon) / $32 (Walmart)
  • DuckTales: Remastered — $12 (Walmart)
  • The Wonderful 101 — $30 (Nintendo Store)
  • ZombiU — $9 (Best Buy)
  • Rayman Legends — $15 (Walmart)
  • Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate — $18.49 (Amazon) / $18.49 (Walmart)
  • Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze — $52 (Amazon)
  • Deus Ex: Human Revolution Director’s Cut — $16 (Amazon)
  • Epic Mickey 2: The Power of Two — $11.39 (Amazon)
  • Hyrule Warriors — $48.39 (Amazon)
  • Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition — $14 (Amazon)
  • Watch Dogs — $18.40 (Amazon)
  • Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed — $20 (Amazon)
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited — $17.52 (Amazon)
  • Transformers Prime: The Game — $16 (Amazon)

3DS

Walmart is offering a New 3DS XL bundle with Super Smash Bros. for 3DS and your choice of select Amiibo figurines for around $240.

This week’s Ubisoft eShop sale features deals like Ghost Recon: Shadow Wars for $7.49 and Tetris Ultimate for $15.

  • Monster Hunter 4 Ultimate — $30 (Amazon) / $30 (Best Buy)
  • Disney Infinity Starter Pack — $17 (Amazon)
  • Mario Party: Island Tour — $26 (Amazon)
  • Kingdom Hearts: Dream Drop Distance — $20 (Walmart)
  • Shin Megami Tensei: Devil Survivor 2 – Record Breaker — $40 (Amazon)
  • Kirby Triple Deluxe — $34.50 (Amazon)
  • Pokemon Alpha Sapphire — $30 with bonus figure (Walmart)
  • Pokemon Omega Ruby — $30 with bonus figure (Walmart)
  • Pokemon Y — $29.49 (Amazon)
  • Steel Diver — $3 (Best Buy)
  • Batman: Arkham Origins Blackgate — $11.67 (Walmart)
  • Scribblenauts Unlimited — $8 (Best Buy)
  • Epic Mickey: Power of Illusion — $13 (Amazon)
  • Code Name: Steam — $26 (Amazon)
  • Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars — $22 (Amazon)
  • Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed — $22.40 (Amazon)
  • Hometown Story — $13 (Amazon)

PlayStation Vita

The PlayStation TV is available for $40 at GameStop.

The PlayStation Store has a new Summer Sale going on for the next two weeks for Plus and non-Plus members. Plus members get larger discounts, including Guacamelee and Luftrausers for $3 each. PSN also has its weekly Plus-only deals, with deals like Hyperdimension Neptunia Rebirth 3 for $32 and Tokyo Twilight Ghost Hunters for $28.

  • LittleBigPlanet — $12 (Amazon)
  • God of War Collection — $20 (Amazon)
  • Persona 4: Golden — $19.49 (Amazon)
  • PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale — $9 (Amazon)
  • Gravity Rush — $23.35 (Amazon)
  • Sly Cooper: Thieves in Time — $5 (Best Buy)
  • Freedom Wars — $15 (Amazon) / $15 (Best Buy)
  • The Wolf Among Us — $13 (Amazon) / $15 (Best Buy)
  • Borderlands 2 — $20 (Amazon) / $20 (Best Buy)
  • The Walking Dead: Season Two — $15 (Best Buy)
  • Mind Zero — $22 (Amazon)
  • Sonic and All-Stars Racing Transformed — $18 (Amazon)
  • Hatsune Miku: Project Diva F 2nd — $21.62 (Amazon)
  • Xblaze Code: Embryo — $20 (Amazon)
  • Arcana Heart 3: Love Max — $20 (Amazon)
  • Conception II: Children of the Seven Stars — $22 (Amazon)
  • Hot Shots Golf: World Invitational — $14 (Amazon)
  • 16GB Memory Card — $30.36 (Amazon)
  • 32GB Memory Card — $66 (Amazon)

The free PlayStation Plus games for July are still available and include Geometry Wars 3 and Entwined. August’s free games were announced this week.

Hardware

  • Logitech G35 7.1 Surround Sound Headset — $60 (Amazon)
  • Insignia PS4 Dual-Controller Charger — $20 (Best Buy)
  • Insignia PS4 Vertical Stand — $15 (Best Buy)
  • Insignia PS4 Chat Headset — $20 (Best Buy)
  • PlayStation 4 Camera — $45 (Walmart)
  • Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse — $41 (Amazon)
  • Logitech G502 Proteus Core Gaming Mouse — $59.49 (Amazon)
  • Logitech G602 Wireless Gaming Mouse — $41 (Amazon)
  • Logitech G700s Gaming Mouse — $50 (Amazon)
  • Wireless Xbox 360 Controller for Windows — $39.64 (Amazon)
  • Wired Xbox 360 Controller for Windows — $28 (Amazon)
  • Black Xbox One Wireless Controller — $49 (Amazon)
  • PlayStation Gold Wireless Stereo Headset — $80.43 (Amazon)
  • PlayStation Silver Wired Stereo Headset — $23 (Amazon) / $20 (Rakuten)
  • Turtle Beach Ear Force PX22 Amplified Universal Gaming Headset — $48 (Amazon)
  • Logitech Wireless Gaming Headset G930 — $74 (Amazon)

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Win a OnePlus 2 invite!

Over a million people have signed up to receive an invite for the opportunity to buy a OnePlus 2. We got our hands on six invite cards — and since it’s free-stuff Friday — we’re giving them away on our Facebook page to six lucky winners.

To enter, go here and like the photo (you can also do the same with the embed below). Rules: must be 18+, a resident of the US, sweepstakes begins today, July 31st at 1:00PM ET, ends tomorrow, August 1st at 12:59PM ET; full rules.

If you haven’t liked us on Facebook yet, you probably should: we host all of our giveaways there, and we upload video exclusively for the platform that you won’t get anywhere else. So if you want all of that, plus the rest of our stories, click here.

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PSA: Last Chance to Get July's Free Games With Gold Titles

Today is July 31, making it the last day that (most of) July’s free Games With Gold offerings will be available.

This is the last chance for Xbox Live Gold members on Xbox One to grab Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag for free (download it here). July’s other Xbox One freebie, So Many Me, remains available until August 15, so you still have time before needing to claim that (you can do so here).

On Xbox 360, it’s Gears of War 3 that is free for its last day. Even if you don’t have an Xbox 360, it’s worth claiming through the Xbox web store, as 360’s Games With Gold titles may eventually be playable on Xbox One through backwards compatibility.

The first wave of August’s free games debut tomorrow, August 1. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will be free on Xbox One, while Metro 2033 will be free on Xbox 360. Each platform gets another freebie on August 16.

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Review: Straight Outta Compton finds new humanity in rap legends

It’s impossible to talk about N.W.A without talking about South Central LA in the late 1980s. Crack had found its way to the inner city and burrowed itself there, as did the gang violence that followed it. President Ronald Reagan was leading a belligerent and misguided charge in the War on Drugs. The Los Angeles Police Department made up for recent budget and staff cuts with near-constant aggression in predominantly black neighborhoods like Compton. The department even had a special unit known as CRASH, which stood for Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums (really) that encouraged police to use widespread force to combat gang violence in the city. One of the unit’s missions was known as Operation Hammer, a no-tolerance approach…

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Witcher 3 1.08 Update Coming Soon, See Patch Notes Here

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is getting another big patch.

Developer CD Projekt Red on Friday announced the 1.08 patch for the open-world role-playing game, which makes changes and improvements in the areas of performance, UI, gameplay, graphics, and more.

The patch should arrive “quite soon,” the developer says in the game’s forums.

Take a look at the Witcher 3 1.08 patch notes below. Patches typically roll out first on PC before later coming to consoles.

Specifically, this patch adds “preparatory features” for The Witcher 3’s upcoming New Game Plus mode. It also clears up an aggravating achievements issue on PC and adds functionality to allow Geralt to perform a roll just before landing to reduce fall damage.

Witcher 3 1.08

PERFORMANCE:

  • Overall improvements to performance, including some issues that may have been caused by 1.07.

UI:

  • [Japanese Only][PS4 Only] Fixes an issue where the background text of certain books would flicker.
  • Fixes an issue where part of the Kaer Morhen map would not display properly.

GAMEPLAY:

  • Fixes a rare issue where items would disappear from the stash.
  • Fixes a very rare issue which would cause Geralt to get stuck when trying to run.
  • The interaction pop-up will no longer appear on lootable objects that are empty.
  • Fixes an occasional glitch in one of the dwarf combat animations.
  • Heads chopped off during finishers will no longer disappear.
  • Players can perform a roll just before landing to significantly reduce the damage caused by falling.
  • We’ve added a tutorial pop-up window explaining this to make it clearer.”
  • In patch 1.07, the level requirements for certain items were scaled up, leaving some players stuck with only unusable gear. With patch 1.08, we are introducing the Wolven Hour potion. This potion will be available in everyone’s inventory once they install the patch. It will reduce level requirements on all gear for a period of one hour. This will give players time to level up or find alternative equipment using the gear that was available to them in patch 1.05 but became unusable after patch 1.07. After one hour, the potion’s effects will cease and the requirements for all gear will revert to their original, pre-potion values.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to compare their items with ones sold by merchants.

ACHIEVEMENTS:

  • Players will now be able to complete the Card Collector achievement.
  • Achievements are now working properly again and will be unlocked if players meet their requirements after installing this patch (PC version).

GRAPHICS:

  • Fixes an issue where interiors would sometimes not display properly on the minimap.
  • Fixes an issue where certain world elements would sometimes be missing and noticeable visual glitches would be present while in Novigrad.

QUEST:

  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to finish the “It Takes Three to Tango” quest, even though they had obtained wine at the Kingfisher.
  • Fixes an issue where Geralt would sometimes die after traveling to Velen in the quest “Something Ends, Something Begins.”
  • The entrance to the area where the Sunstone is obtained will no longer be blocked off if the player exits it prematurely during “The Sunstone” quest.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to complete the “Get Junior” quest on certain occasions.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to finish the “Scavenger Hunt: Viper School Gear” quest due to a closed gate.
  • Fixes an issue where some players were unable to investigate rooms during the “Family Matters” quest, effectively blocking their progression.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to finish the “Hey, You Wanna Look at my Stuff?” quest.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to talk to Roche during the “An Eye for an Eye” quest.
  • Fixes an issue where Roche would stay at his camp instead of going to the Oxenfurt Bridge in the “Get Junior” quest.
  • Fixes an issue where, under certain circumstances, Yennefer would not appear in Oxenfurt during the “The Great Escape” quest.
  • Drowners will have a harder time killing Nidas during the “Black Pearl” quest.
  • Fixes an issue which led to an infinite loading screen during the “To Bait a Forktail…” quest under certain circumstances.
  • Fixes a rare issue where the basement was locked during the “King’s Gambit” quest.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to free the merchant during the Person in Distress event in the Claywich area.
  • The trolls at the Circle of Elements will no longer attack Geralt if he opts for a peaceful resolution.
  • Fixes an issue where players were unable to talk to Roche during the “Brothers in Arms” quest.
  • Fixes an issue where Zoltan’s card was unobtainable.

GENERAL:

  • Preparatory features paving the way for the introduction of New Game + in the future.

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YotaPhone 2 won’t be coming to the US

Yota Devices revealed today that it is canceling its plans to launch the YotaPhone 2 in the US, citing complications with its manufacturing partners. According to an email sent to backers of the phone through Indiegogo and obtained by The Verge, the company says “the reason for our cancelled launch is due to unforeseen delays including both production and delivery of the North American variant of YotaPhone 2 from our manufacturer” and “the logistics were insurmountable and the device would simply arrive too late.” It says that a delay in delivery of the YotaPhone 2 to North American customers would have caused conflict with its plans for 2016 and that Indiegogo backers would still be waiting for the device when other regions were already…

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